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MEPs drop idea of soft quotas for EU diplomatic staff
Date 19/10/2010 13:03  Author webmaster  Hits 971  Language Global
19 OCT 2010

By Andrew Rettman

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - MEPs in the legal affairs committee have ditched a proposal for the European External Action Service (EEAS) to hire set targets of people from new member states.

The vote in Strasbourg on Monday evening (18 October) saw a large majority of deputies adopt by show of hands a report on EEAS staff regulations by German centre-left MEP Bernhard Rapkay which says the new service should ensure an "appropriate and meaningful presence of nationals from all the member states."

But they declined to consider an amendment obliging EEAS chief Catherine Ashton to give privileged treatment for diplomats from new EU countries over the next 10 years in order to redress the gross imbalance in personnel in the EU's existing foreign relations machine.

The dud clause, which spoke of "indicative recruitment targets," had earlier won backing in the foreign affairs committee.

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